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The Power Station

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The Power Station was a '70s-style supergroup reformatted for the '80s. Consisting of Duran Duran’s bassist and guitarist (John Taylor and Andy Taylor), Chic drummer Tony Thompson, and full-throated vocalist Robert Palmer, the band had an excellent pedigree in funk and stylish rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s eponymous 1985 debut achieves its initial intention of merging tantalizing funk rhythms with the substantial firepower of Led Zeppelin. The Power Station's breakout single was a simple but surprisingly fresh reworking of T. Rex’s 1971 glam rock hit “Get It On (Bang a Gong).” With its immense, driving riff, The Power Station’s version feels right at home between Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” and Palmer’s “Addicted to Love,” which would come out the following year. The album’s secret weapon, though, is Thompson. Along with Chic overseer Bernard Edwards (who produced this), Thompson brings a heavy, low-end force to the work. The same type of tricky, tightly woven grooves that made a huge hit out of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” drive “Some Like It Hot” and “The Heat Is On," but here the intense rhythms are reinforced with the clout of hard rock.

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Formed: 1985

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Despite Duran Duran ruling the earth by late 1984 (due to countless hits and sold-out tours), the band had completely burned themselves out with a non-stop, grueling work schedule. 1985 was supposed to be a year-long break for its members from band duties, but its five members ultimately formed two separate side-projects: the Power Station, which was comprised of Duranee's John Taylor (bass) and Andy Taylor (guitar), plus solo artist Robert Palmer (vocals) and ex-Chic member Tony...
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